China And South Africa To Drive IT Spending

Knowledge is behind the predicted 3% rise that will push global IT spending up to £1.58tn ($2.5tn) in 2011, according to Gartner. It is the emerging markets – such as China and South America (rather than Europe and North America), which are behind the push as companies in these areas prepare for new knowledge economy jobs.

“At the heart of the change over the next 20 years will be intelligence drawn from information,” said Peter Sondergaard, a Gartner senior VP and global head of research. “Information will be the ‘oil of the 21st century.”

Cloud computing will be the main disruptor to the IT world. It will alter how investors view technology providers – the financial model will change and vertical industries with it. Social computing will be used more via new business orientated software enabling more collaborative working.

As software improves context-aware computing will come into it’s own by predicting user preferences (from past information). And, last, but not least – consumer needs. Companies will use patterns of information to insure business practices respond to the consumer in the correct context.

The enterprise business model and strategy is set to change for good – the above trends will force IT to follow. Sondergaard backs up the incredible force driving these new powers.

“The combination of these four trends creates an unimaginable force impacting not just IT and the IT industry, but the capability of business and government.”

Chris Baker is the Global Sales and Marketing Director responsible for the expansion of Calsoft Enterprise Solutions internationally. Formerly co-owner of acquired business, Inatech, Chris has been responsible for developing and promoting the company’s position as a specialist in Oracle solutions within the global IT industry. Chris co-founded Inatech in November 2002 merging with Calsoft in 2008. In a career spanning 23 years, Chris has held influential positions at Accenture, Easams, and Marconi. He was a Member of the Oracle UK Consulting Board during his time at Oracle Corporation UK, where he spent 15 years. Chris has a Higher National Diploma in Computing Studies from Farnborough College with distinction.